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Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Child Development Major
Child Development Major, Focus Child Life
Child Development Minor
Urban Education Minor
BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood
BA/MA Teacher Education
BA/MA Infant Mental Health

Child Development Major
(a minimum of 45 semester course credits)

Required Core Courses:

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (3)

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3)

EDUC 191A/B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4-5)

EDUC 192A/B Senior Seminar: Child Development (2)

Plus choose one of the following:

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

And select an additional 9-12 semester course credits from the following list of education courses or psychology, anthropology or sociology courses with the approval of your advisor:

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (3)

EDUC 103 Public Policy: Children, Youth, and Family Issues (3)

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 120 Urban Education (3-4)

EDUC 125 Inquiry in Action in Urban Schools (3-4)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (3)

EDUC 153 Administering Early Childhood Programs (2)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

EDUC 156 Topics in Child Health and the Exceptional Child (2)

Note: Up to the equivalent of 10 semester course credits of early childhood education courses taken at community colleges may be applied toward this major with the approval of the advisor.

Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option available with the approval of a departmental advisor.

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Child Development Minor
(a minimum of 18 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

Plus choose one from the following:

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

Choose an additional 9-10 semester course credits from the following:

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (3)

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3)

EDUC 142 The Hospitalized Child (3)

EDUC 156 Topics in Child Health (2)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3-4) and an approved field experience with children

PSYC 165 Infancy (4)

Note: Flexibility to substitute a new course, or a course not on the list but offered in the department, is an option with the approval of a departmental advisor.

Urban Education Minor
(6 semester course credits)

Required:

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3)

EDUC 120 Urban Education (3–4)

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action in Urban Schools (3–4)

Electives:

ANTH 104 School Culture and Policy (3)

ANTH 130 Ethnicity, Race, and Child Development (3)

EDUC 102 Teaching for Diversity (3)

EDUC 103 Public Policy, Children, Youth, and Families (3)

EDUC 230 History of Education (3)

EDUC 240 (440) Hip Hop Pedagogy  (3)

ENG 122A (222A) Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy I (2)

ENG 122B (222B) Community Teaching: Literary Arts Education, Theory and Pedagogy II (2)

ETHS 51 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)

ETHS 52 African American Women's History (3)

ETHS 126 Theories of Race and Ethnicity (3)

ETHS 158 Latino Immigration (3)

ETHS 159 History of Latinos in the US (3)

ICL 181 Women's Civic Leadership Seminar (3)

LET 131 (231) Aspects of Hispanic American Cultures  (3)

PPOL 015 Introduction to Policy: Identifying and Solving Public Problems (3)

PPOL 111 Introduction to Public Radio Reporting  (3)

PPOL 112 Intermediate Public Radio Reporting (3-4)

SOC 108 Urban Sociology (3)

SOC 134 Social Inequality (3)

SOC 145 Sociology of Education (3)

SOC 146 Sociology of Hip-Hop (3-4)

SOC 156 Sociology of Oakland (3)

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BA/MA Child Development/Early Childhood
(a minimum of 38 semester course credits)

Required courses and recommended sequence:

Sophomore

EDUC 114 Diversity in Children with Special Needs: Cultural and Family Systems (2)

EDUC 133 Curriculum and Environments in Early Childhood Education Programs (3) (alternates with EDUC 160)

EDUC 136 Introduction to Development and Learning in Young Children (3)

EDUC 160 History and Theories of Play in Human Development, Culture, and Education (3) (alternates with EDUC 133)

Junior

EDUC 134 Research Methodology for Observing Children (4)

EDUC 137 Child Language Acquisition (3) (alternates with EDUC 138)

EDUC 138 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (3) (alternates with EDUC 137)

EDUC 191A Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–5)

EDUC 191B Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education (4–5)

Senior

EDUC 192A Senior Seminar: Child Development (2)

EDUC 192B Senior Seminar: Child Development (2)

EDUC 153 Administering Early Childhood Programs (2)

EDUC 155 Children with Special Needs: Infants and Young Children (3)

And select additional courses from the department to total 12.5 semester course credits

Fifth Year

(40-42 semester course credits)

Fall:

EDUC 203 Public Policy: Children, Youth and Family Issues (4)

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (4)

EDUC 290 Advanced Seminar in Child Development (4)

EDUC 294A Graduate Seminar: Research in Education–ECE (4)

EDUC 263/275 Administrative Practicum/Field Experience in ECE (4)

Spring:

EDUC 227 (427) Issues of Race and Ethnicity in Education (4)

EDUC 234 Research Methodology for Observing Children (2-4)

EDUC 238 Social, Emotional, and Moral Development and Learning (4)

EDUC 246 Working with Families and Community (2-4)

EDUC 276 Leadership in Early Childhood Seminar (4)*

EDUC 294B Research Seminar–ECE (4)

* EDUC 276 may not be offered every year. Discuss with your advisor if you need to replace with an alternative course.

BA/MA Teacher Education

BA/MA and Teacher Credential Program Courses of Study

The Accelerated Degree Program: BA/MA Teacher Education and teacher credential program allows undergraduates to complete their disciplinary major, a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis on teaching, and a teaching credential from the state of California. All requirements for the BA are completed during the first four years of the program and, during this time, students also take courses that serve as part of their preparation for earning a teaching credential and master’s degree. Student teaching and master’s course work are completed during the fifth year. Due to the fast pace of the accelerated program, students will not be able to complete a double major as a part of their BA. The requirements of the senior and fifth years do not allow for a study abroad program during those years.

Single Subject Credential: Art, English, and Social Studies

This credential authorizes recipients to teach art, English, French, Spanish, or social studies in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Recommended sequence of course work:

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Junior or Senior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (2) Fall

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above four classes not completed). Note that these four classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (4) Spring

EDUC 301A/B Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers (4; 4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (4) Fall

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (2; 2) Fall and Spring

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (4) Fall

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (6; 6) Fall and Spring

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (2)

Elective in content area (3-4) Fall or Spring


Single Subject Credential: Math and Science

This credential authorizes recipients to teach mathematics, life sciences, or physical sciences in grades 6–12. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Junior or Senior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (2) Fall

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above four classes not completed). Note that these four classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (4) Spring

EDUC 301A/B Curriculum and Instruction for Secondary Teachers (4; 4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 339 Development and Learning in Adolescents (4) Fall

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (2; 2) Fall and Spring

EDUC 353 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Single Subj. (4) Fall

EDUC 385A/B Student Teaching in the Secondary School (6; 6) Fall and Spring

EDUC 389 Teaching Reading and Writing in the Secondary Schools (2)

Two of the following courses are taken in August preceding the 5th year:

EDUC 6393 Topics in Chemistry (2) or
EDUC 6394 Topics in Mathematics (2) or
EDUC 6395 Topics in Biology (2) or
EDUC 6396 Topics in Physics (2)

Complete subject area major.


Elementary Multiple Subjects Credential

Although this credential authorizes recipients to teach in any self-contained K–12 classroom, it is recommended specifically for those interested in teaching grades K–6. This work is completed in conjunction with a master of arts degree in education with an emphasis in teaching.

Course of Study

The course of study begins in the sophomore year, before actual enrollment in the accelerated program. Students interested in the accelerated program should take the sophomore and junior classes listed below and then, upon acceptance to the program, complete the remaining courses and student teaching.

Sophomore

EDUC 101 Social Foundations of Education (3) Fall

Junior

EDUC 120 Urban Education (4) Fall/Spring

EDUC 125 Inquiry and Action (4) Spring only

Junior or Senior

EDUC 348 Building Structures for Equity, Excellence, and Access (2) Fall

Senior

Complete all outstanding undergraduate requirements (and any of the above four classes not completed). Note that these four classes will not count as credit toward your undergraduate degree.

Fifth Year

EDUC 236 Development and Learning in Young Children (4) Fall

EDUC 293B Research Seminar—MEET (4) Spring

EDUC 300A/B Curriculum and Instruction in the Elementary School (4; 4) Fall and Spring

EDUC 303A/B Mathematics in the Elementary School (4; 4) Fall and Spring

EDUC 347A/B Introduction to the Profession of Teaching Diverse Learners (2; 2) Fall and Spring

EDUC 352 English Language Development and Content Instruction Methods—Multiple Subj. (4) Fall

EDUC 373A/B Student Teaching in the Elementary School2-12;2-12) Fall and Spring

EDUC 379 Teaching Reading, Language Arts, and Literature in Elementary School (4) Fall

EDUC 380 Teaching Reading and Language Arts in the Elementary School (4) Spring

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Last Updated: 8/31/16